Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    It occurs to me that this is OGH's dinner party, and if he chooses to invite a performing monkey (cat?) to enliven the evening, that is entirely his prerogative. However, no matter how intelligent and entertaining, a foul-mouthed boor with...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    I'm not sure that I should spend any time unpacking why that paragraph reads just exactly like casual intellectual snobbery. You just seem too darned angry about this....
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Sorry, just to clarify: I am not arguing that you are wrong when you say: The only way it possibly could be is if you take the very existence of anything different as an affront. Which is, and I cannot...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    But I don't take from the blog post that Mr Page is arguing that anyone is upset about different opinions, he's asking about why most genre's are seen as more respectible than SF/F, and makes the point that anyone (even...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    I've been bouncing about between your posts, the replies, and the original article to try to find out why this is aggravating you so much, and I'm a bit stumped. Although I do have one thing for you to consider:...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Also: Is "wield" synonomous with "fight"? Or is it just a case of becoming a whirling death-blender until someone thinks to trip you up? (Honest question, not snark, just liked the phrase "whirling death-blender".)...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    "It's also quite fascinating to watch the improvement in style over the course of the Harry Potter books." That's interesting - I might even try again, and grit my teeth through the earlier ones. To me, it very much appears...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    And lets go a step further here - "snobbery against a genre really means snobbery against actual people; those who create and consume the genre in question." Bullshit. That's only true if people define their identities by what they are...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    It's also quite fascinating to watch the improvement in style over the course of the Harry Potter books....
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    When you think about it the first wording is much more insidious than the second. Original: "You may be clever, but your tastes are childish. Get back to work, techno-peasant!" Rewrite: "You think you're clever and your tastes are childish....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I think many are finally seeing the wood for the trees. Time to get off the bridge and put down the sign. (Sorry, I know I'm still being opaque, but hopefully not completely!)...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    One last time and then done, no more derailing from me. Moderators, please delete if you feel I'm stepping over a boundary here, but I would like the chance to respond to accusations of bad manners on my part by...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Having gone back and noodled through your links in more depth (I did only skim the first time), it occurred to me the metaphor of "the tragedy of the commons" could sometimes be applied (at a stretch) to how commenters...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Ciao, 12 stone or 12 years old? Hilarious. Now you're not even trying! Ah well, I guess one of us goes away disappointed....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    We're only playing if the dealer is wearing shades and smiles all the time! And boredom is indeed a problem, so no dice with the middle bit either. See? Fun!...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Swing and a miss, but I do have to apologise as I set you up for it. Fascinating though, you have completely forgotten previous exchanges where performance was mentioned. Well, fun as it was, results coming very close to the...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Apologies Greg, it was not my intent to add to the general air of unknowable mysticism, but I know that being any less oblique will draw out a certain kind of response (and I'm a conflict averse sort of person)....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    "I never give clues to my real emotional layout." Actually, I think that you do but, if I am right, all of the people responding antagonistically are completely off-beam. No, I am not going to speculate here - I shall...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    He always claimed there was a "war" on, which the Brit guvmint always denied. [ At the time, I thought they should have taken him at their word - it would have meant that IRA could be killed anywhere on...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I'm not sure if you're taking a deliberate or accidental tangent, but "Savile" and "Saville" are two very different things. Mostly so far the comments have been referring to the "Saville Enquiry" into the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    It was also not uncommon for girls who passed the 11+ to be witheld from going further with their education, as (particularly in poorer families) it was considered a waste of time and money to educate a girl who was...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    All the arguments for "Better intelligence = better people" just remind me of the scene in the 50's version of War of the Worlds, where the wise old pastor (tm) attempts to make the argument that if the Martians are...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Northern Ireland/Republic public transport services are now subject to random immigration checks en route (think of ticket inspector for passports/visas). I've heard reports of a number of individuals being caught out in both directions and deported (or at least severely...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I am so completely unsurprised as to be unable to even begin to be sarcastic about this: Farage stays as UKIP leader after resignation rejected...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    If you've genuinely changed your position, then bravo. However you do appear to have swung a little too far in the opposite direction. Perhaps it's all just a factor of an imperfect medium for subtle communication. All that being said,...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    He's borderline trolling you Dirk, although calling it "bait and switch" might be more like the thing; in his own terms it's satirical (cf. Elderly Cynic @452 and J Thomas response @460). Read back through previous posts and you'll see...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Just because this hobby-horse is stabled in my yard, so to speak ... I have tried several times to imagine what "pulling the plug" on Northern Ireland would really mean. Despite the constitutional statements to the contrary, the Republic of...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Without having done any actual research, my thought is this: Suppose you live comfortably in middle England; you are steadily employed and healthy, and have no regular requirement for anything that the welfare state or public services provide; you own...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I don't blame you for your disinterest. I'm not even sure that I could summarise in such a way that would explain rather then cause further confusion. Suffice it to say that the vast majority of the NI electorate vote...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    For them as is interested (and that's likely precious few, as this doesn't impact the rest of the UK much since there's a majority government), fuck all change in NI. I say this with no little amount of resignation and...
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